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. >> gearing up, president obama and mitt romney prepare for their first debate. a show down in denver this wednesday. >>> and on the record, are arnold schwarzenegger opens up on "60 minutes" about the affair that produce ad son and ended his marriage. >> it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 1, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning in afghanistan the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstandi
as the candidates try to build on wednesday's debate mitt romney changes course on his criticism of americans who pay no income taxes. >>> i said something that was completely wrong. >> meningitis outbreak. health officials rush to alert patients who may have been exposed to the tedly disease that's killed five people in sickened dozens more. >> i don't want this thing in my body. i feel like i want a cleanser. i want it out. get out of my body. >> and bin laden drama. a tv movie about the raid that killed osama bin laden is set to air two days before the presidential election. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, october 5, 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. mitt romney is changing his tune about those controversial remarks concerning 47% of americans. last may speaking at a florida fundraiser romney said 47% of americans paid no federal income taxes and considered themselves victims and will support president obama. romney originally stood by his remarks and described them as not elegantly stated but in an interview with fox news last night romney
tonight, strong debate from both the president and mitt romney, campaign team. first, here is the campaign adviser, robert gibbs. >> it takes a long time to dig out of this avalanche of bad decisions that were before the obama presidency, one thing we see is clear, mitt romney's plan is to go back to a failed economic theory of tax cuts for the rich, despite the fact he deny attend tax cuts, and the math. and let's go to war with sesame street but give wall street a big, wet, kiss, that is call what got us into this mess, we spent four years digging out of it. >>> meanwhile, gingrich saying the numbers were good for the president, but the overall picture is still gloomy. >> i think it was a significant help to the president. imagine coming out at 8.2 following the debate, i mean people would have entered the week saying it is close to the end. so it is part of the whole process, the campaign will go down to the end. it will be one of the most interesting campaigns in american history, i think you will see it go back and forth somewhat. on friday, the imf said probably no recovery until 201
-checking governor romney after last week's debate. you should know nbc news has not granted either campaign permission to use our news material and immediately requested that the campaign refrain from using nbc news material in this and future advertisements. the obama commercial uses only a short clip from a truth squad report that, in fact, pointed out exaggerations and/or misstatements that both candidates made during the debate. just want to make that clear. >>> mitt romney has accused the president of failure of leadership. also failure of leadership that's emboldened iran and other u.s. adversaries abroad in the middle east and north africa. >> this president's policies haven't been equal to our best examples of world leadership. nowhere is this more evident than in the middle east. i want to be very clear. the blame for the murder of our people in libya and the attacks on our embassies in other countries lies solely with those who carried them out. no one else. but it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history, not t
tuesday. a lot of his back woeers would disagree but mitt romney is out there saying tomorrow's big debate isn't about winning. polls show romney in a close race with the president, but trailing badly in some of the swing states that will decide the presidential election. well, here is mitt romney, we have heard these words before, sounds as though he's downplaying expectations as they say. take a listen. >> people want to know who is going to win, who is going to score the punches and who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make and there is going to be all the scoring of winning and losing. >> so romney is saying, no, it is not about winning, not about losing, it is about america. but you have a lot of republicans, newt gingrich, for example, saying, hey, mitt romney, get out there, pick a fight, and win it. jim acosta with me now from the romney campaign. the debate, of course, tomorrow night in denver, you, sir, are in littleton, colorado. should we take mitt romney at face value when he says this debate is not about me winning? >> reporter: well, brooke, i th
and contradictions from romney, a new cnn poll says 67% of voters do think he won the debate. more bill press coming up after the break. stay with us. you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. education is the key. it is the vehicle. it's the way in which we evolve. every journey is different every possibility is unique. but the beginning, the beginning is my craft. i'm an ordinary person striving to achieve extraordinary things. it started with a dream and i'm on my way there. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: karl rove accuses commerce secretary john bryson >> bill: 32 days in this presidential election. the first presidential debate is over. did it change anything? what do you say? hello, everybody. great to see you today. here we go. on a big thursday. thursday october 4. the morning after. and the post-debate goes on. we'll be into it for the next three hours here on the "full court
that was the real mitt romney we saw at the debates. the confident asserttive romney we saw during the debate is not the romney we have grown used to over the last couple of months. romney has since stood by his 47% statement but now he is rolling it back. here is what he said yesterday. >> it's completely wrong. and i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown they care about 100%. >> you might think that this new romney is nothing but an act. if you do, you are not alone. here is what the president had to say to a crowd of 30,000 people yesterday in madison, wisconsin. >> i met this very spirited fellow who claims to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country this past year promising $5 trillion tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. >> romney is rolling out new campaign ads as well as new talking points over the next few days and weeks. his goal is to convince the american public that he is ready to be president. more coming up live after the break. stay with us. matter. >> i woul
that obama had a bad debate, didn't do what he was supposed to do but mr. romney lied. >> bill: you are absolutely right. again, i compared romney's debate performance to the ryan speech in tampa. it was a good performance but it was packed with lies. i think the entire media was focusing on stage craft and performance or entertainment or acting ability and not on the substance of what they said. on the substance of what he said mitt romney simply did not tell the truth about the $5 million, about health care, about a whole lot of stuff. kevin in chicago, kevin getting rid of big bird good idea? >> caller: yeah, my granddaughter is four years old, so i'm ul up to speed on big bird. and it brings back memories of when my kids were young. >> bill: same here. >> caller: it is just an example of the crap that comes out of his mouth. they don't realize the value of putting something on tv for the kids to watch -- >> bill: and learn, yeah. >> caller: and the whole industry that has spawned off of it of the kids toy, and everything -- >> bill: you got it. big bird is a
decisive i think that pretty much any other debate than any of us here can remember. i thought gov. romney did a fabulous job on both the relative basis. comparing mitt romney with performances that we usually see, quite fabulous. on a nominal basis, he did very, very well. i think it is true to say president obama is a superior or turk. i think mitt romney is a better debater. romney, you know, we saw something that we had not seen in a long time. it occurred to me that this reminded me more of the mitt romney i met in 1994 when he was running for the senate and came by and met with me and was incredibly an impressive and analytical and fact driven and pragmatic. this was that guy, not so much the person who had been pretending to be an ideologue for the past few years. obama seemed to be like a team sitting on a lead. i would not have said smog it, i would have just said somebody who did not seem to be terribly hungry for it. -- i would not say smug, just somebody that was not hungry for it. i did not really big in these examples after, i do not particularly care for them. -- these insta
that that debate has really, really helped mitt romney. >> yeah, i don't think the romney campaign could have wanted to do any more with this debate than they did. if you look across the board at these numbers, wolf, romney has made gains in almost every area including somebody who's better able to improve the jobs situation. he leads -- romney leads obama by eight points on that. so whether it's on the economy, whether it's on leadership, he's now tied with the president. as far as leadership ability is concerned. so i think romney got everything out of that debate and more. >> he certainly did. and if you take a look at -- let me put the numbers back on the screen one more time. earlier this month before the debate, romney was behind the president, the president, 51%, romney, 43%. eight-point difference. now 49% for romney, 45% for obama, a four-point spread. that's a 12-point spread in only, what, three weeks, shall we say? and clearly the major development was his strong performs at that debate. >> you know, wolf, it just shows you that voters are still really weighing the pluses and minu
. >>> mitt romney has taken his success in wednesday's presidential debate and run with it observers noting a more open and comfortable romney on the campaign trail in virginia. will the obama camp have to regroup in, regroup and campaign against the new mitt romney? joining me, tom perriello, former democratic congressman. tom, good afternoon to you. >> good afternoon, thanks for having me. >> a new poll out showing americans with mixed opinions of president obama's job performance following the debate. let's take a look here, gallup poll, 48% approving of the job that mr. obama is doing as president. 46% disapproving. the poll taken over the three days following the debate. prior to the debate, 54% approving of the president's performance. 42% disapproving. how badly did the debate hurt the president, tom? >> i think we'll probably see it being temporarily, though we'll only know over time. people care a lot more about the great jobs report from friday. they care about what the plans mean for medicare. and as we've seen, mitt romney is paying a high price for one good night. he made up 27
romney square off in denver for the first of three critical debates. president's being prepped in nevada today. and the gop challenger has some ground to make up because a brand-new "washington post"/abc news poll this morning has the president leading by two percentage points among likely voters. it's not unusual for candidates to try to lower expectations in the days leading up to dedebate. republicans have been playing up the president's eloquence, ever since last week. but it seems somebody forgot to tell new jersey governor chris christie, because he was setting the bar high for mr. romney. listen. >> he's going to come in wednesday night, lay out his vision for america, he's going to contrast what his view is with what the president's record is, the president's view for the future and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> upside down is what he says. in just a few minutes we're going to be talking about wednesday night's debate and the president's preparations with brad woodhouse, communications director for the democratic national committee. f
. this is the first poll based entirely on interviews after the debate. mitt romney had a modest debate bounce. the question is will it be a blip or lasting change. >> gretchen: look at the university of colorado forecasting model. this is interesting. this is the only model that looks at the electoral college and you need those votes to be president. 330, of the 538 map are going to mitt romney. this is the same out fit in august or september or august 22nd prediction they said the same thing. but romney picked up five more points. >> steve: what they do. they look at economics of what is going on nationally and local and state level . they look at wealth and they look at unemployment and all sorts of stuff. they predict mitt romney will win these states. new mexico and that is new since they updated it and, north carolina and win virginia ohio new hampshire colorado, wisconsin and ohio and florida and barack will win michigan and nevada. >> gretchen: i don't think that romney will win minnesota. as a native of that state, that is in the obama camp. >> they say voters hold democrats more resp
to be getting tight other after governor romney's strong performance in last week's presidential debate a new "gallup poll" taken in the first three days after the faceoff, shows the two contenders locked into a dead-heat, 47% each. what does governor romney's team need to do to keep up the momentum? erin mcpike, national political reporter for "real clear politics.". erin, i know a lot of republicans are saying the momentum has swung governor romney's way. it is a sprint to the finish line. you seem to be a little more cautious about that. why? >> i am because i'm looking at "real clear politics" polling averages of all the battleground states and the president is still ahead in big states he needs to win like wisconsin and ohio. he also still winning in new hampshire and nevada. and when you add those states to the electoral college map, it shows still that it's a tough way for mitt romney to go. he has got to win more than just say virginia and florida if he can win those now. jon: how many of those polls that "real clear politics" averages, how many have been taken post-debate, do you kno
heard from mitt romney and also from paul ryan and what you thought about the debate. you can call us at at 202-585- 3885 if you are a democrat. call 202-585-3886 if you are a republican. call 202-585-3887 if you are an inindependent. we have a caller on the line. go ahead. caller: i believe that these two have sold their souls to the douevil. i think that they are hypocrites. total hypocrites. >> we have a republican caller from florida. go ahead. caller: i feel like, maybe, it seems like every year some blame them for what they have dawn or have not done. what is really going to happen? >> anger facebook page showed the people won the -- mitt romney won the debate last night. -- on our facebook page, a majority of people said that mitt romney won the debate last night. who did you think one? caller: i think it was mitt romney. >> let's go to our next call from oregon. caller: i was really impressed with that debate last night. we need a good businessman. i think we need some new energy and new ideas. spending is out of control. we need a party that can get it under control and i thi
with momentum from a strong week that included the first presidential debate governor mitt romney hits thitate with a view of the country. and also, taking out a potential threat. this drone crosses in israeli air space and within minutes of trying to figure out where it came from. >> and the mullaries newest ship carry the spirit. and the nano ship and light. a mom, giving the command to get urpedway in the name of her navy seal song tonight, what a heavy duty piece of hardware can do on the open i am harris falker . right now governor mitt romney about to speak in the balts ground state. we'll dip in for a bit and watching for that. for now a little background on the sunshine state. in the past eight presidential election florida voted republican and six of them democrat in two. florida chose the winner in 7 of the last eight races. there are 29 electoral votes at stake. carl cameron is traveling and governor mitt romney about to take the stage and the phone this weekend. >> several thousand gathered where mitt romney will make the first event of the day . the crowd is growing with every pas
the key question becomes would it be smart for mitt romney it bring this up in the debate tonight. you know the president is going to hammer the governor over 47% remark. the campaign just did that you know it's going to happen again tonight. talking points believes mr. romney should, should point out that mr. obama used divisive rhetoric. that's true he has done that. will voters respond to that. some will. the casual voter may alcoholic it up to politics as usual. sos same old stuff. both romney and obama were speaking to the choir when they made controversial statements. they were whipping up the crowd. many romney supporters resent the fact that the nanny state is growing stronger in america. on the race front, polls show more than 90% of african-americans continue to support the president and truth be told he has not used race while governing this country. but there is no question that in that virginia speech, he did say that black americans in new orleans were treated badly simply because they were black. the problem for mr. obama is that's debatable. it's not a fact unless you a
. crews set the stage for mitt romney's last rally before his first presidential debate. >> i think a lot of people are waiting until the debate wednesday. i think that's going to be a big sway for some people to finally see them go head to head and see where they are on the issues. >> reporter: wednesday's debate at university of denver will focus on domestic policy. romney supporters want the gop nominee to show undecided voters how he'll jump start the slow recovery. >> i think he has solutions to our economic problems and that's really what's going to help everyone in this country. >> reporter: colorado is a battleground state that went for president obama in 2008. republicans here say they've already made four times the phone calls as this time four years ago. a new washington post poll gives the president a comfortable 11 point lead when it comes to swing states like colorado. >> i feel like he actually has a plan, whereas romney i haven't seen specifics really. >> reporter: the poll also shows 56% of voters think the president will win the first debate. sunday in las vegas he tr
and mitt romney, one day away from that first and crucial debate. both candidates cramming in private. stakes could not be higher for romney behind, now, in the battleground states. jake tapper is in las vegas, where the president has set up debate camp. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right, both campaigns have been intensity participa participating in mock debates. president obama working on keeping his answers concise. mitt romney trying to get ud to the one-on-one format. in a race this close, both candidates know anything could make the difference tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start the day tomorrow with a workout. he's an elliptical machine kind of guy. the president is at this posh resort in nevada, where he'll, no doubt, be hitting the gym b
debates, president obama stumping in california, mitt romney also on the road after what many saw as a lackluster debate last week for the president in particular. he's hoping the new lower unemployment rate will give him a boost. the president is attending a fund-raiser in los angeles, and then he heads on to ohio. mitt romney in the meantime is spending the weekend in florida where yesterday he spent much of the day preparing for the next debate. it's a must-win state if he wants to capture the white house. >>> and, of course, you don't want to forget that the vice presidential debate is this thursday. joe biden and paul ryan squaring off. our cnn coverage begins at 7:00 eastern time. >>> all right. some news for your car out there. honda is recalling 268,000 crvs, its popular suv, model years 2002 to 2006. they say there's a faulty window stwich in the driver's side door, and if it gets wet it can start fire. no crashes or injuries have been reported but honda knows a four-switch fires. >>> space travel will be a business with a launch tonight. spacex wilt pd send the first pri
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related to the first presidential debate saying governor mitt romney's performance against the president could very well change the entire race. but how important are presidential debates and how much do they really shape the outcome in november? we heard a lot. joining me someone who has done research on polling impact of past debates. larry sabato, director of center for politics at the university of virginia. larry, historically speaking how big of a deal are the first debates really? >> well it can be a dig deal, jenna. of course governor christie was right. he got off message as you know because part of the amusing previous view to a presidential debate is the attempt by both sides to run down their own candidate. about how horrible a debater they are and the other side is so terrific. so governor christie may be committed a behalf by telling the truth. if you look historically, there is a pretty good chance that mitt romney can make up some ground. usually, not always, but usually the challenger to the incumbent just by standing on the stage and doing a credible job, can make up so
's going to happen after the debate is that all the romney and obama forces come out in droves to tell you how brilliantly each side did while before the debate, up until now, they say each side is essentially an idiot. they can't debate, barely walk, talk, and chew gum at the same time. that's called lowering expectations. who can blame them? i built a career on it. this guy didn't have to do that. one of the most widely respected figures in washington. he is many say of national to denver himself. he could be in the presidential circle, senator john thune. good to see you, senator. >> good to see you and be with you as always. neil: i covered a few debates. we're going into them, each guy sells their guy to the closest thing as an idiot, and no matter how poorly he did, he's a genius. >> right. neil: what are we to derive from that? >> well, this has become, and i think it's partly fueled by the media -- neil: here we go, sorry. >> the expectations game, neil. i think both sides want to exceed examinations, obviously, and when they go into a debate, it's not so much about beating the oth
, counting the hours before the first debate, the first big one. the president and romney on the same stage. each man ready to tell voters why they should be the next leader of the free world. we have live team fox coverage. you heard the pilots, say, gregg, sit back and enjoy the flight. gregg: oh, yeah. jenna: you can't really do that if your seat is sliding all over the place. gregg: you get to change seats. jenna: or turn around or go back to where you came from. the very latest on american airlines latest debacle. two weeks into fall, old man winter is already flexing his muscles. the latest what could be a powerful winter storm. it is only october. what's going on? it's all "happening now." jenna: well, it is less than five weeks before election day. we're now just hours away from the first presidential debate. we're glad you're with us, everybody. i'm jenna lee. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for jon scott. we're live in the swing state of colorado as denver gets ready to host the very first face-to-face for the two candidates. president obama, governor mitt romney preparing to make the
in a resort in nevada before heading to denver in a few hours for his first debate governor mitt romney. senior white house foreign affairs correspondent, wendell goler is live at the white house. wendell, as we understand it the romney and the obama campaigns plan to fact check each other in realtime tonight. does that mean we'll need fact check, for the fact checkers? i mean how is that going to work? >> reporter: you need a computer in addition to your tv, jenna. campaigns want viewers to watch the debate on tv and log onto the campaign sites or twitter accounts where each side challenges opponents answers as they're giving. hear is the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter on mitt romney's plans to cut income tax rates. >> the only way he gives the wealthy a big tax cut by deducking deductions for mortgages and. that would raise taxes for $2,000. if they have a different calculation they haven't shared it yet. >> reporter: get the democrat's view at barack obama.com,/debate or republican view at debate debates.mitt romney.com. jenna: we'll have computers up and ready
. and it was interesting to watch that the president's folks. watch out mitt romney is a strong debater and undersold their own cand date. what do you make about that. >> each side will portray their cand date the underdog . that is not the important question. which cand date will change the equillib rum of the race. we are seeing a equillib rum in the race. and governor has to accomplish more in the debate. but which of the two candidates will change it in his favor. >> or keep it going . dennis and mira, we'll wrap tup and look forward to wednesday night. have a great debate. governor chris christie has his message for the president. >> stop lying mr. president. >> lying? >> yes. >> >> gretchen: he catches people by surprise it doesn't stop not supposed to be in this country. but one state is giving driver's license to illegals. have birthday to zack. i have no idea how to say your name. he is 43. galifianakis. no. y foa limited time! try as much as you like, any way you like! like parmesan crusted simp just $14.99. i'm ryaisabell and i sea fd differently. [ male announcer ] it started long ago. th
class. what's your explanation. >> well, i mean, that's the debate between governor romney and president obama. i mean, you're right. and that's the middle class is really struggling. something that's been true really for 30 years, when you look past what's happened in the middle class the last 30 years, it's basically treading water and it's gotten much tougher in the past four years, and this big debate between the two sides is whether it was, the bush policies, that preceded that president obama that was a major contributing factor or is-- a the romney campaign is trying to argue with the stimulus measures and other steps that the obama administration took. >> well, congressman, what is going to get us out of it? do you think that of continued policy of raising taxes on the rich, that's the policy. a continued regulation, under obamacare, and financial reform, continued regulation, higher taxes, and do you think that will pro he dues growth in america's economy? >> no, not at the time. the basic debate here in my view is, is political dysfunction in e should be dealing with the debt a
are in the works for mitt romney to deliver a major foreign policy speech shortly after wednesday's debate. what do you think of that? you think he should do that? >> yes. i think, as i said, right after the killing, that wasn't the time to talk about this. >> right. >> now is the time, several weeks later, to talk about it. john heilemann, the lead in "the new york times," mistake in faith and security seen at libya mission before benghazi raid. response to the june bomb raised confidence in local guards. this benghazi story is an absolute mess. i think -- i've heard stuart stevens as saying let's focus on the economy. i think stuart stevens is exactly right. americans don't care as much in the polls about foreign policy. but several weeks later after this, i think it's very legitimate now that the press is going in and a couple of weeks have passed since the ambassador's death, now, yes. i mean, he's got a responsibility to talk about how badly the white house bungled this. >> i think he does. and indeed, you know, i think right now, the focus is a little misplaced. the notion that -- i think the
surrogate have been here shadowing the president while he does debate prep. yesterday it was ann romney. i saw matt romney was appearing with marco rubio, one of the rising stars from florida. he's here to help turn out the hispanic vote in navy nevada. i sat down with him for an exclusive one on one. he said republicans should calm down about the polls. he believes that mitt romney's going to have a strong debate and he said the message should be very simple. take a listen. >> my pitch to voters is simple. we can't afford four more years of barak obama. we can barely afford four more months. if we have four more years of barak obama, we can't wait four years for people to find jobs or our houses to be worth what we paid for them. we can't wait four years for our kids to find job when is they graduate college. we can't wait for four more years. we can't afford it. >> marco rubio told me he thinks mitt romney, having a chance tomorrow night for the first time ever to be on the same stage with the president of the united states in his words, will crystallize the choice for voters. i think th
romney. the latest poll debate shows the race is tied. mitt romney picking up a couple points from his debate performance last week. now we are expected to learn more today about the republican challenger foreign policy plans. romney will tell voters at a rally in virginia how he would change course if elected. if expected he would go after the president of handling in attacks. the obama campaign is already fighting back. a spokesperson says we're not going to be lectured by someone who has been an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy. now more on what romney is expected to say at his virginia rally in another hour and why we are talking about foreign policy just a month from the election when of course the economy is the biggest ticket item. reporting in washington jacqueline fell ktvu channel 2 news. >>> it's been called the worst wild fire season on record and the forest service ran out of money to fight the flames. at the end of august funding ran out to pay for the firefighters, fire trucks, and aircraft that fight the flames so the department of agricultural which runs the fore
in campaign cash. meanwhile, mitt romney riding his post-debate momentum into a must-win state for him, florida, it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's david kerley is in orlando with 30 days to go. david, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. you know, mitt romney is really trying to build on that debate momentum, so he's spending another day here in florida where the campaign says that the race is tightening, and romney got one of his biggest crowds ever last night in a state he really has to win. [ cheers ] >> that was a florida welcome. thank you so much. >> reporter: one of mitt romney's biggest crowds ever, more than 6,000 supporters near orlando in a state he needs to win. >> we're going to overcome the challenges we have. i'm counting on florida to win this for me on november 6th. >> yes. >> reporter: the crowd energized about the candidate's chances after that first debate. >> when it came to jobs and the economy, he doesn't really have anything to add to what he's been doing over the last four years. i don't think we could afford four more years li
is in nevada getting ready for tomorrow's first presidential debate and mitt romney is already in colorado where the debate will be held. at the university of denver, preparations are well under way for the big event. romney is shifting his focus after intense criticism from fellow republicans and highlighting the race as a choice between his plans for the economy and the president's policies. >> i represent a very different course. i will make sure that the young people of today have great jobs tomorrow and have a bright and prosperous future. that's the difference between us. >> who is going to put the most points on the board? >> you are! >> not i. governor romney, he is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> the president took a break from preparations and got applause when he showed up with pizzas at his las vegas campaign office. >>> it is hard to miss the television ads about question seven in maryland. it is an effort to expand gaming in the state. lawmakers say the expansion would raise revenue for education. but how much of the money will actually go to schools. i spoke with the direc
that were absent from wednesday's debate. all but calling his opponent a liar. >> governor romney may dance around his positions. he may do a tap dance and a two-step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: mr. obama's top advisers concedes the president needs to come back fighting the next two debates and find a sharper way to sell his message. we'll make adjustments, his top strategist said. president obama took aim at cutting funds to pbs, the home to big bird. that's less than $100 million a year, just a fraction of the overall federal budget. >> thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird! who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? elmo's got to watch out. >> reporter: meanwhile, a past presidential nominee, former vice president al gore, who had his own debate struggles, offered this unusual explanation for mr. obama's uninspired performance, blaming the high altitude in denver. >> obama arrived in denver just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,00
, governor romney he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: i'm just okay i think a lot of people would say he's a little better than just okay. do the debates really matter? sometimes they do, 1960 they established john kenny as a bonafide candidate. we remember the reagan debates and the zinger lines he had. what happened with gerald ford, and al gore losing a lot of points to george bush in 2000. we could safely say again, bill in the overall these debates don't seem to move things all that much. >> it's must-see tv for all of us, we'll be there. john roberts out there in denver. martha: joining me now is a man who has observed many debates over his career. brit hume. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, martha. >> when you see president obama sa have that awe schukes moment -- >> they always play down themselves as a debater, we see it all the time. it's tiresome, predictable and meaningless. martha: what do you think of mitt romney with regard to the debates, how ready do you think he is? >> he raised his game as a debater between 2008 and 2012. he was pretty effective in
in the success of wednesday's presidential debate, republican nominee mitt romney is in the electoral rich state of florida. romney and his wife anne were greeted by a throng of supporters waving american flags in st. petersburg,. >> he got a chance to explain his program, how he will create new jobs. did you hear what he had to say? i didn't either. >> later, the romneys shook hands and posed for pictures at with customers at a cuban restaurant. >>> there interest you might have heard the big bird interest comment. that was at a romney rally. romney said he will cut federal funding for pbs, which airs sesame street. the rally was organized by the florida consumer action network. >>> early voting begins in california next week, and if you wants to get your vote in early, head though your county election office in the next few days. but don't forget, monday is columbus day, so the county offices should be closed. ballots for people voting by mail will be sent out tuesday when the post office reopens from the holiday. >>> how will you vote in you can take our quiz to help. you will find the presid
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